Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo dominated MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix FP2 by six tenths with the first official 1m58s lap of the Sepang circuit.
Having lowered the official MotoGP benchmark to a 1m59.027s in this morning’s first 45-minute session, Quartararo was in record-breaking form again in second practice.
Not only did he become the first rider under the 1m59s on a race weekend, he did it comfortably with a stunning 1m58.576s set in the latter stages.
With Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso six-tenths back with a 1m206s, Quartararo now has the two fastest lap at the Sepang circuit to his name.
Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli (SRT) capped off a promising day for Yamaha, finishing up third and fourth after running fresh soft rears late in the session.
Jack Miller was fifth on the Pramac Ducati, despite being over a second off the pace, followed by Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and LCR’s Cal Crutchlow.
Francesco Bagnaia was eighth quickest, however his 1m59.774s wasn’t good enough to leave him sitting on an automatic passage to Q2 on the sister Pramac bike.
Maverick Vinales ended up back in ninth, the Yamaha rider having been fastest with just 12 minutes to go. He was first into the 1m59s too, only to be swamped by the late pack of late improvers.
Another rider that failed to make an impact late in the session was early pacesetter Marc Marquez.
The world champion set to his best lap, a 2m00.215s, just 12 minutes in, before sinking to 13th by the finish. The Honda rider still sits in an automatic Q2 spot, though, thanks to his FP1 time.
Miguel Oliveira, meanwhile, was a no-show in that session, the Tech3 rider out for the remainder of the weekend after struggling with his Phillip Island injuries in this morning’s first practice.
|1||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha||Yamaha||1m58.576s||–||16|
|4||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha||Yamaha||1m59.502s||0.926s||15|
|5||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||1m59.593s||1.017s||16|
|7||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||1m59.711s||1.135s||16|
|8||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||1m59.774s||1.198s||16|
|14||Johann Zarco||LCR Honda||Honda||2m00.268s||1.692s||15|
|15||Karel Abraham||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||2m00.477s||1.901s||15|
|20||Hafizh Syahrin||Tech3 KTM||KTM||2m02.429s||3.853s||14|